Oklahoma voters to decide death penalty, farming questions

Ponca City Now - May 31, 2015 9:52 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma voters will have an opportunity to weigh in on at least two issues during the 2016 general election – whether the death penalty and if the right of citizens to farm and ranch should be enshrined in the state constitution.

Although dozens of proposals were introduced in the Legislature this year to send a variety of issues to a public vote, only those two made it through the process and onto the ballot.

The first would state that the death penalty is not cruel and unusual and that the Legislature has the authority to designate its methods.

The second would prohibit the Legislature from regulating farming and ranching practices without "a compelling state interest."

A group pushing to legalize medical marijuana plans to launch a signature drive this summer.


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